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Case TitleMUCKROCK, LLC v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2014cv00997
Date Filed2014-06-10
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Ketanji Brown Jackson
PlaintiffMUCKROCK, LLC
Case DescriptionMuckRock, an online news organization, submitted a request to the CIA for all information contained in its CADRE database pertaining to processing of FOIA, Privacy Act, and mandatory declassification reviews received during the first quarter of 2013. MuckRock explained that it was interested only in information about the processing of the requests and not records disclosed as a result of requests. MuckRock also asked for a fee waiver and inclusion in the news media fee category. The agency denied MuckRock's fee waiver request and placed it in the all other category for fees. MuckRock appealed the denial of its fee waiver request, but the CIA has not acknowledged receipt of the appeal. MuckRock submitted another eight requests for similar information from the agency's FOIA-processing database as well as the database for classification decisions. After the agency failed to respond to the requests, MuckRock filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit

DefendantCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
DefendantCENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
Washington, DC 20505
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2014-06-101COMPLAINT against CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-3743584) filed by MUCKROCK, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 06/10/2014)
2014-06-102LCvR 7.1 CERTIFICATE OF DISCLOSURE of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests by MUCKROCK, LLC (McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 06/10/2014)
2014-06-103REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE by MUCKROCK, LLC filed by MUCKROCK, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 06/10/2014)
2014-06-10Case Assigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. (sth, ) (Entered: 06/11/2014)
2014-06-114SUMMONS (2) Issued Electronically as to CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY and U.S. Attorney (Attachments: # 1 Summons, # 2 Summons)(sth, ) (Entered: 06/11/2014)
2014-06-125GENERAL ORDER AND GUIDELINES FOR CIVIL CASES BEFORE JUDGE KETANJI BROWN JACKSON. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 06/12/2014. (lckbj1) (Entered: 06/12/2014)
2014-06-176SUMMONS (1) Issued Electronically as to U.S. Attorney General. (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Consent, # 2 Consent Form) (md, ) (Entered: 06/17/2014)
2014-07-087RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY served on 6/23/2014, RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 6/23/2014. ( Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 7/23/2014.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 6/23/14. (McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 07/08/2014)
2014-07-088AMENDED COMPLAINT against CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY filed by MUCKROCK, LLC.(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 07/08/2014)
2014-07-149NOTICE of Appearance by Marcia Kay Sowles on behalf of CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 07/14/2014)
2014-07-1410Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 8 Amended Complaint by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 07/14/2014)
2014-07-15MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, 10 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer. Defendant shall answer or otherwise respond to the Complaint by 8/20/2014. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 07/15/2014. (lckbj1) (Entered: 07/15/2014)
2014-08-2011ANSWER to 8 Amended Complaint by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. Related document: 8 Amended Complaint filed by MUCKROCK, LLC.(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 08/20/2014)
2014-08-21MINUTE ORDER. Before the Court in this FOIA case are a complaint and an answer. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall promptly confer and file a joint proposed schedule for briefing or disclosure by 9/5/2014. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 08/21/2014. (lckbj1) (Entered: 08/21/2014)
2014-09-0512STATUS REPORT filed pursuant to Court's Minute Order dated August 21, 2014 by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 09/05/2014)
2014-11-0313STATUS REPORT of the Parties updating the status of the FOIA requests and setting forth a proposed briefing schedule by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 11/03/2014)
2014-11-07MINUTE ORDER setting briefing schedule for dispositive motions: Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment is due by 1/16/2015. Plaintiff's Consolidated Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and Cross Motion for Summary Judgment is due by 2/17/2015. Plaintiff's Consolidated Reply in Support of its Motion for Summary Judgment and Opposition to Defendant's Cross Motion for Summary Judgment is due by 3/20/2015. Plaintiff's Reply in Support of its Cross Motion for Summary Judgment is due by 4/21/2015. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 11/7/2014. (lckbj1) (Entered: 11/07/2014)
2015-01-1614MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Declaration of Martha Lutz -Part 1 of 4, # 2 Declaration Declaration of Martha Lutz - Part 2 of 4, # 3 Declaration Declaration of Martha Lutz - Part 3 of 4, # 4 Declaration Declaration of Martha Lutz - Part 4 of 4, # 5 Index of Exhibits to Lutz Declaration, # 6 Exhibit Exhibits A-D to Lutz Decl., # 7 Exhibit Exhibits E-J to Lutz Decl., # 8 Exhibit Exhibits K-O to Lutz Decl., # 9 Exhibit Exhibits P-T to Lutz Decl., # 10 Exhibit Exhibits U-CC to Lutz Decl., # 11 Exhibit Exhibit DD to Lutz Decl., # 12 Exhibit Exhibit EE (Vaughn Index) to Lutz Decl., # 13 Statement of Material Facts as to Which There is No Genuine Issue, # 14 Text of Proposed Order)(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 01/16/2015)
2015-02-1315NOTICE of Filing of Supplemental Declaration of Martha Lutz by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Supplemental Declaration of Martha Lutz)(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 02/13/2015)
2015-02-1616Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 02/16/2015)
2015-02-19MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown 16 Consent Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment, nunc pro tunc to 2/17/2015. Plaintiff's opposition to 14 is due by 4/3/2015. Defendant's reply in further support of 14 is due by 5/5/2015. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 02/19/2015. (lckbj1) (Entered: 02/19/2015)
2015-04-0117Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 04/01/2015)
2015-04-06MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, 17 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment, nunc pro tunc to 4/3/2015. Plaintiff's opposition to 14 is due by 5/21/2015. Defendant's reply in further support of 14 is due by 6/19/2015. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 04/06/2015. (lckbj1) (Entered: 04/06/2015)
2015-05-1918Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 05/19/2015)
2015-05-20MINUTE ORDER granting 18 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment. Plaintiff's Opposition to 14 is due by 5/28/2015. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 05/20/2015. (lckbj1) (Entered: 05/20/2015)
2015-05-2819Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 05/28/2015)
2015-06-01MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, 19 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment, nunc pro tunc to 5/28/2015. Plaintiff's opposition to 14 is due by by 6/11/2015. No further extensions of this deadline will be granted. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 06/01/2015. (lckbj1) (Entered: 06/01/2015)
2015-06-1220Memorandum in opposition to re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by MUCKROCK, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - C06206271, # 2 Exhibit B - C06206272, # 3 Exhibit C - Sample CADRE records (notes), # 4 Exhibit D - Sample CADRE records (search results), # 5 Exhibit E - Scudder declaration, # 6 Exhibit F - McClanahan declaration, # 7 Exhibit G - C06109747, # 8 Exhibit H - C06109746, 53, # 9 Exhibit I - Email denials, # 10 Exhibit J - Email template language, # 11 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 06/12/2015)
2015-06-1221Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment (Nunc Pro Tunc) by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 06/12/2015)
2015-06-1222Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - C06206271, # 2 Exhibit B - C06206272, # 3 Exhibit C - Sample CADRE records (notes), # 4 Exhibit D - Sample CADRE records (search results), # 5 Exhibit E - Scudder declaration, # 6 Exhibit F - McClanahan declaration, # 7 Exhibit G - C06109747, # 8 Exhibit H - C06109746, 53, # 9 Exhibit I - Email denials, # 10 Exhibit J - Email template language, # 11 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 06/12/2015)
2015-06-12MINUTE ORDER granting 21 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment, nunc pro tunc to 6/11/2015. Plaintiff's response to 14 is due by 6/12/2015. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 06/12/2015. (lckbj1) (Entered: 06/12/2015)
2015-06-2323Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment , 22 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 06/23/2015)
2015-06-26MINUTE ORDER. Defendant filed its motion for partial summary judgment on January 16, 2015. Plaintiff filed its opposition to that motion, as well as a cross-motion for summary judgment, nearly five month later, on June 12, 2015, after Plaintiff requested, and this Court granted, five extensions of the opposition deadline. Defendant now seeks a one-month extension of its response deadline, pointing to deadlines counsel has in other matters, and the need for additional time to coordinate with agency counsel and other CIA employees. Upon consideration of these representations, the Court finds that there is good cause for the requested extension, and it accordingly is hereby ORDERED that Defendants 23 Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time is GRANTED, and its consolidated reply in support of its motion for partial summary judgment and opposition to plaintiff's cross-motion for summary judgment is due by 7/24/2015. However, no further extensions of this deadline will be granted. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 06/24/2015. (lckbj1) (Entered: 06/26/2015)
2015-06-28Set/Reset Deadlines: Response to Cross Motion due by 7/24/2015. Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due by 7/24/2015. (gdf) (Entered: 06/28/2015)
2015-07-2424Memorandum in opposition to re 22 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment and Reply in Support of Defendant's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Attachments: # 1 List of Exhibits, # 2 Exhibit A - Second Supplemental Declaration of Martha M. Lutz, # 3 Exhibit B- Email from Kel McClanahan to Marcia Sowles, # 4 Response to Plaintiff's Statement of Material Facts as to Which There is No Dispute)(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 07/24/2015)
2015-07-2425REPLY to opposition to motion re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment and in Opposition to Plaintiff's Cross-Motion for Partial Summary Judgment filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Attachments: # 1 List of Exhibits, # 2 Exhibit A-Second Supplemental Declaration of Martha M. Lutz, # 3 Exhibit B -Email from Kel McClanahan to Marcia Sowles)(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 07/24/2015)
2015-08-0426MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 22 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment (Nunc Pro Tunc) by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 08/04/2015)
2015-08-04MINUTE ORDER granting 26 Motion for Extension of Time to File Reply re 22 Cross Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, nunc pro tunc to 8/3/2015. Plaintiff shall file its reply in support of 22 by 8/13/2015; no further extensions of this deadline will be granted. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 08/04/2015. (lckbj1) (Entered: 08/04/2015)
2015-08-1227NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 08/12/2015)
2015-08-1328MOTION for Leave to File Sur-Reply by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 08/13/2015)
2015-08-13MINUTE ORDER granting 28 Motion for Leave to File Surreply. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 08/13/2015. (lckbj1) (Entered: 08/13/2015)
2015-08-1329SURREPLY to re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by MUCKROCK, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit K - NSC Lutz decl)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 08/14/2015)
2015-08-1430REPLY to opposition to motion re 22 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by MUCKROCK, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit K - NSC Lutz Decl.)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 08/14/2015)
2015-09-0131ERRATA by MUCKROCK, LLC 30 Reply to opposition to Motion filed by MUCKROCK, LLC, 29 Surreply filed by MUCKROCK, LLC. (McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 09/01/2015)
2016-01-13MINUTE ORDER setting hearing on 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment and 22 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment for 2/17/2016 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 17 before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 1/13/2016. (lckbj1) (Entered: 01/13/2016)
2016-02-17Minute Entry for Motion Hearing proceedings held on 2/17/2016 before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment and 22 Cross MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment. Oral argument heard and motions taken under advisement. (Court Reporter Barbara DeVico) (gdf) (Entered: 02/17/2016)
2016-09-2332ORDER requiring Defendant to file a supplemental brief regarding specific topics, supported by any necessary declarations, on or before 11/4/2016, permitting Plaintiff to file a responsive supplemental brief on or before 12/9/2016, and administratively staying the case, with the exception of the ordered briefing, until further order of the Court. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 09/23/2016. (lckbj1) (Entered: 09/23/2016)
2016-10-3133MOTION for Extension of Time to File Supplemental Brief and Supporting Declaration by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 10/31/2016)
2016-10-3134Memorandum in opposition to re 33 MOTION for Extension of Time to File Supplemental Brief and Supporting Declaration filed by MUCKROCK, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 10/31/2016)
2016-11-0135REPLY to opposition to motion re 33 MOTION for Extension of Time to File Supplemental Brief and Supporting Declaration filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 11/01/2016)
2016-11-03MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, 33 Motion for Extension of Time to File Supplemental Brief and Supporting Declaration. It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant's Supplemental Brief and Supporting Declaration are due on or before 11/18/2016. The Court will entertain any extension motion by Plaintiff's counsel regarding Plaintiff's responsive brief. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 11/3/2016. (lckbj1, ) (Entered: 11/03/2016)
2016-11-1836SUPPLEMENTAL MEMORANDUM to re 32 Order,, Case Stayed,, Set Deadlines, Order on Motion for Extension of Time to,, Set/Reset Deadlines, filed by CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Antoinette B. Shiner)(Sowles, Marcia) (Entered: 11/18/2016)
2016-12-0937Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 12/09/2016)
2016-12-12MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, 37 Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time to File Response to Defendant's Supplemental Brief. It is hereby ORDERED that Plaintiff's Response to Defendant's Supplemental Brief is due on or before 1/13/2017. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 12/12/2016. (lckbj1) (Entered: 12/12/2016)
2017-01-1338MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by MUCKROCK, LLC (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - CREST notice, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 01/13/2017)
2017-01-18MINUTE ORDER granting, for good cause shown, 38 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response to Defendant's Supplemental Brief, nunc pro tunc. It is hereby ORDERED that Plaintiff's response to Defendant's 36 Supplemental Memorandum is due on or before 1/31/2017. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 1/18/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 01/18/2017)
2017-01-3139RESPONSE to Defendants re 36 Supplemental Memorandum, filed by MUCKROCK, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - McClanahan-Sowles email 1, # 2 Exhibit B - McClanahan-Sowles email 2)(McClanahan, Kelly) Modified text on 2/1/2017 (td). (Entered: 02/01/2017)
2017-02-01MINUTE ORDER setting a Status Conference for 2/16/2017 at 10:15 AM in Courtroom 17 before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 2/1/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 02/01/2017)
2017-02-16Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: Status Conference held on 2/16/2017. Scheduling Order forthcoming. (Court Reporter Barbara DeVico) (nbn) (Entered: 02/16/2017)
2017-02-1740ORDER DISMISSING as withdrawn Counts 6, 8, and 9 of Plaintiff's Amended Complaint and requiring Plaintiff to file a Notice regarding status on or before 3/9/2017. See attached Order for details. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 02/17/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 02/17/2017)
2017-03-0941STATUS REPORT by MUCKROCK, LLC. (McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 03/09/2017)
2017-03-13MINUTE ORDER. It is hereby ORDERED that Defendant's response, if any, to Plaintiff's 41 Status Report is due on or before 3/29/2017. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 03/13/2017. (lckbj1) (Entered: 03/13/2017)
2017-03-1742NOTICE of Recent Development by MUCKROCK, LLC re 41 Status Report (McClanahan, Kelly) (Entered: 03/17/2017)
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